You can grow fresh relatively clean vegetables in containers. This is useful for gardeners with restricted space or where you want vegetables close to the kitchen door.
- Growbags get there name for a good reason. They are the first container to consider for vegetables.
- Old large plant pots are fine as long as you clean them thoroughly. Disinfect with jeyes fluid in necessary.
- Your own selection of containers, troughs, window boxes, even old drain pipes may be brought into service.
- Depth for most crops should be at least 1 foot to avoid watering problems.
- I use an old dustbin to grow ‘large long’ vegetables – it doesn’t always work but they do attract attention.
Compost or Soil
- To get good results we recommend using sterilised potting media
- John Innes No 3 holds nutrient, water and has some weight and body.
- Proprietary potting compost are equally of use.
- Good quality loam or garden soil will be fine but may lack nutrient, harbour insects and disease.
- Mix in 20% of well rotted manure if you wish to grow organically.
- Sow Broad Beans from February 6-8″ apart.
- Round carrots like Nantes and Amsterdam sown from February to June. The pots height can stop or deter carrot root fly.
- Herbs and salad crops do well in containers. Small lettuce can be sown successively from January
- Potatoes are my favourite as they come out clean and problem free. You can grow lots of varieties this way. One tuber for every foot of container diameter.
- Peas with edible pods can be sown from March as can beetroot.
I start a few seed potatoes as soon as they arrive, end January/February. They are just starting to flower so I can pick some fresh tubers anytime from now on. They were in a double container if you count the greenhouse and vertical grow bag.
I cover with fleece in very cold weather and happily move the pots for protection of the really early spuds. If the crop fails I have only lost a bit of effort and I can get on with full quantities in March.
Early Salad Varieties of Potato
Aim for a waxy texture with your salad potatoes and you will probably get some of the best flavoured spuds you have had in a Salad. Waxy potatoes remain intact after cooking and do not go into the water. Waxy potatoes tend to be Early to crop 75 -95 days. Waxy potatoes lend themselves to growing in large pots, barrels or containers.
Charlotte is resistant to blight and has a good cooked waxy texture. Continue Reading →